Team USA failed to get a medal on the opening day of the Tokyo Summer Olympics, but quickly got on the board when swimming events took place. As the competition moves along, the Americans hope to add more medals to their growing tally. Here’s the Team USA athletes to watch in Wednesday’s events.
USA Athletes to watch on Wednesday, July 28th
Sam Mikulak, men’s gymnastics all-around final
Mikulak is the old head of the gymnastics team at 28 and has been around for a long time. He’s racked up an impressive medal tally across world events, but has failed to land some hardware at the Olympics. The Tokyo Games could be his last chance to get the job done. He won’t be favored to get to the podium, but anything can happen at the Games.
Katie Ledecky, women’s 4x200m freestyle relay final
Ledecky finished with the silver medal in the 400m freestyle to Australia’s Ariarne Titmus, potentially lighting a fire under the American phenom. In the relay final, Ledecky can be the difference for USA. The Americans won this event in Rio and will hope to repeat the feat in Tokyo.
Kevin Durant, men’s basketball
Durant was awful in the team’s opening contest against Nigeria, going 4-12 from the floor. The Brooklyn Nets star is the best player on USA’s Olympic roster this time around and believes he is the best player in the world. He could have a big performance early Wednesday morning against an outmatched Iran squad. Basketball fans willing to get up early could be in for a treat.